It was missing when I did the first list, but the astonishing electrical control room at Woking will be open to the public as part of the Heritage Open Days at the weekend.


Built in the 1930s by Southern Railway, who were at the time one of the most innovate railways in the UK and leading the charge away from steam towards electricity.

As such, they needed an electricity control room, and what a room it is.

Housed in an unassuming, but nice concrete box, it’s the interior, which stuns the eye.


The control room will be open on both Sat & Sun (10th-11th Sept) from 10am to 2pm.

The address is between 107 and 109 York Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21.

If you are in the area, frankly, Woking has little else to offer, but one stop down the line is Guildford, which is rich in history and very easy to fill up the rest of the day there.


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